[size=16]The Fandom Post: FUNIMATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES HUGE 2015 SUMMER SIMULCAST LINE-UP[/size]
July 1, 2015 at 02:15 PM
Biggest Simulcast Season Ever with Twice as Many Shows as Last Summer
so that just leaves DBS as the final show…
Funimation Issues Statement on Fan Art & Trademark Rights
posted on 2015-07-01 21:40 EDT
Draws distinction between copyrights & trademarks, which it must enforce or lose
North American anime distributor Funimation is issuing the following statement on fan art and intellectual property — particularly trademarks — on Wednesday. The company notes that while it tends not to enforce its copyrights, it must enforce trademarks or face losing them under United States law.
The entire statement is below:
At law, a fan-created artwork that is clearly based on existing artwork owned by a copyright holder other than the fan (e.g. Funimation), is considered an unauthorized “derivative work” or an unauthorized reproduction (by substantial similarity) and therefore infringes the copyright holder’s rights under 17 U.S.C. § 106.
Despite Funimation’s legal stance on this issue, Funimation appreciates the entertainment, education and skill that goes into and arises from the imitation and creation of works derived from existing works of popular manga and anime. Funimation likewise realizes that the “Artist Alley” area of most conventions can be a good showcase for these works and therefore Funimation tends not to enforce its copyright rights against those in Artist Alley who may be infringing Funimation’s copyright rights.
Funimation’s trademark rights, on the other hand, cannot go unenforced. This stems from a key distinction between U.S. Copyright Law and U.S. Trademark Law—in short, if copyright rights are not enforced, the copyright stays intact and the copyright holder generally will not suffer any harm beyond the infringement itself. But if trademark rights are not enforced, the trademark can be cancelled. Because of this difference, Funimation cannot knowingly tolerate unauthorized use of its trademarks, such as use of trademarks in conjunction with the display or sale of works whose creation is likewise unauthorized. This means that Funimation will take action if it or its agents discover unauthorized works, including fan art, which include a Funimation-owned/licensed trademark within the work or are on display in conjunction with signage bearing a Funimation-owned/licensed trademark. Note that the trademarks Funimation is primarily concerned with are brand names and logos.
As to the Dealer’s Room, Funimation strictly enforces both its copyright rights and trademark rights, almost without exception. This applies to works that are believed to be counterfeit, unlicensed or fan-created.
Touhou Project creator ZUN also noted a distinction between trademarks and copyrights under Japanese law in 2012, when he protested another party obtaining the trademark rights to “Touhou Project” and “Shanghai Alice Gengakudan.” Sean Thordsen, a practicing attorney in the United States, discussed the legal issues of anime in a series of articles in 2013.
###Venus Project Idol Story Gets Summer TV Anime After Vita Game
posted on 2015-03-05 01:25 EST
Ami Himesaki (LinQ), Rui Tanabe, Ruka Nemoto star in tie-in idol-training game
###Funimation to Stream Venus Project: Climax Anime
posted on 2015-07-03 19:15 EDT
July 04, 2015 10:00am CDT
[size=16]Super Saiyan Savings![/size]
Unleash Your Anime Experience with FUNimation’s New Xbox One App!
07/07/2015 at 12:29pm
The FUNimation Streaming Service app is now available for Xbox One! This FREE app lets you enjoy the latest and greatest FUNimation dubbed and subbed anime shows and movies on your Xbox One.
Start your streaming experience today, and unlock instant access to…
• Watch the Biggest and Best Summer Simulcast Season as soon as they air in Japan
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FUNimation Streaming Service subscribers can also enjoy searching, episode queues, watching history, episode marathoning and syncing with your online account, so you can continue watching where you left off across devices.
###FUNimation Newsletter - 7/8/2015
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Fullmetal Alchemist CE![/details]
###Funimation App Launches on Xbox One
posted on 2015-07-10 14:40 EDT
[size=16]FUNimation October 2015 Solicitations[/size]
Really? That’s it? I’m assuming it’s because they decided to change distributors, and this is the last group of titles being released under the old system.
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FUNimation October 2015 Solicitations
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero DVD S.A.V.E. EditionFairy Tail Part 17 BD/DVD[/quote]
Really? That’s it? I’m assuming it’s because they decided to change distributors, and this is the last group of titles being released under the old system.[/quote]
Yeah, there’s been a lot of complaining over at Fandom about the lack of titles also.
Perhaps, sometimes, you just gotta have a little slump.
Wow I just assumed it was still early. There’s usually a headline for these solicitations which I can’t seem to find.
FUNimation October 2015 Solicitations
3 more solicitations for October
October 13: Ghost in the Shell Arise Borders 3 & 4
October 27: One Piece Season 7, Voyage 3
October 27: Dance in the Vampire Bund [DVD] S.A.V.E.
###FUNIMATION NEWSLETTER: Pre-orders and new releases have arrived. Grab Fairy Tail, Soul Eater & MORE!
July 17, 2015
###Showcase of the Month
###009 RE:Cyborg Blu-ray DVD Combo Pack & Exclusive 44-page Guide Book
Sci-fi anime fans yearning for a modern twist on the classic cyberpunk genre are sure to love this cerebral thriller from the mind behind Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Release Date: 7/28/2015
Fairy Tail Part Seventeen Blu-ray & DVD
Ghost in the Shell: Arise Borders 3 & 4 Blu-ray & DVD
Aesthetica of a Rogue Hero Complete Series - S.A.V.E. DVD
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Soul Eater Complete Series - Premium Edition Blu-ray
Soul Eater Not! Complete Series - Limited Edition Blu-ray & DVD
Noragami Complete First Season Blu-ray & DVD
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Grab your Assassination Classroom t-shirt TODAY. Limited quantities!
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Kinda sad to see Aesthetica go SAVE, especially since it is a DVD-only SAVE set, the lowest of the low (Why is Funi even bothering). I guess that means its brilliance wasn’t recognized on either side of the pacific. Alas.
Seeing that Vampire Bund is also sentenced to a DVD-only SAVE, is DVD-only Funi’s (diabolical) new plan for all SAVE sets, or is it only for select (ie:really unpopular) titles?
Well it is cheaper to put out a DVD only set, and I’m betting all S.A.V.E. sets go this route.
That would also guarantee those that usually wait for the S.A.V.E. cheaper sets get an incentive to buy the more expensive ones.
Similar to how ADV usually skipped extras in their Thinpak sets.
Aesthetica: right…brilliance; yeah, that’s what came to my mind while watching this…
Pssh, if all future SAVEs will be DVD only, I can still wait. Come on Fam…woah Eureka AO…dooon’t disappoint me Shana season 3.